Constitutional amendment; restoration of civil rights (first reference). (SJ269)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); restoration of civil rights. Provides that no person convicted of a felony shall be qualified to vote "unless he has served his full sentence and been released back to civil society." The proposed amendment deletes the present constitutional language that provides for restoration of civil rights by "the Governor or other appropriate authority." Read the Bill »


01/22/2013: Merged into HB1373


12/12/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100550D
12/12/2012Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2013Assigned to P&E sub: Constitutional Amendments, Reapportionment and Referenda
01/22/2013Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SJ266-Lucas) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Stephen writes:

Anything that helps restore rights is a good thing.

ACLU-VA Voting Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports ending permanent disenfranchisement and restoring the civil rights of the nearly 450,000 Virginians affected by this law. This proposal removes the Governor's role in the process and restores civil rights automatically upon completion of sentence.